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Toni Braxton Opens Up About Living with Lupus, and New Music

When autoimmune disease strikes, entire families are affected. Toni Braxton, 52, was diagnosed with lupus in 2008. At the time, she had to conjure up a way to carefully explain to her young children why she’d been in and out of the hospital for months.

"I remember having to tell my kids that I have lupus. It was difficult," Braxton tells The "Long As I Live" singer said her sons Diezel and Denim didn’t understand why their mom’s own immune system was attacking her perfectly healthy cells to make her sick. "I remember that feeling. He cried and said, 'mommy’s ok,'" Braxton recalls her son saying.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease categorized by the immune system attacking healthy cell tissue, affecting the heart, joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, and lungs. About 1.5 million Americans have lupus, and 90% of those diagnosed with the chronic illness are women.

Before Braxton received her diagnosis, the singer’s blood count was extremely low and "everything was wrong." Her doctors initially struggled to diagnose her, but during a trip to the emergency room at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in L.A., Braxton learned she had the autoimmune disease. "They said I have lupus and it loves my heart," she says. But the shocking news didn’t stop there. "They also said I need a heart transplant. I will never forget that as long as I live."

Fortunately, Braxton never needed a heart transplant, but she had to cope with her new diagnosis, which would stay with her for life. "I was petrified, depressed, and scared, but I realized I had to change my life," she says. "I may have lupus, but I decided I was not going to be a victim," she says. "Now, I listen to my body."

Twelve years after her diagnosis, Braxton has learned how to cope with having an autoimmune disease and knows how to manage her symptoms. Here’s more:

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1. She's cut down on performances.

As a Grammy Award winning artist, Braxton is the first to admit that having lupus has affected her career. "It has. I can’t deny it," she says. The singer has microvascular angina and continues to experience blood clots today. She says that despite having great doctors and medication, she has to be careful.

Braxton, who called me from the studio as she works on brand new music for 2020, says that her heart and voice muscles "sometimes feel too fatigued," affecting the way she sings. "I can’t do five or six shows a week like I used to, but I can do three or four shows," she says. She also holds back from dancing on stage. "I’m not a dancer but I do the 1-2 electric slide," she jokes. And when she’s having a flare-up, she knows to take it extra easy.

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She leans on her family during flare-ups.

Twelve years after her diagnosis, Braxton has learned to listen to her body and go to her loved ones for support. "Lupus doesn’t have a face, we hide it. We have the tendency to pretend we feel great, when we don’t," she says. "I’m learning to say it’s OK that I don’t feel well and that it’s perfectly fine to take that time for myself."

Braxton says that overdoing it makes things worse, so when she is having a flare-up she’ll just have a Netflix night with her sister. "When it gets hard, I usually tell my mom," she says. "Sometimes I hide it from my kids and say I'm going to the spa, when I’m actually going to hospital. And my kids stay at Auntie Jada’s because I don’t want them to worry."

3. She follows a healthy diet and hits the gym.

Braxton says that her health is a priority, and she's made a conscious effort to clean up her diet.

"I’m becoming plant-based. I’m in the process," she explains. The singer weaned herself off of meat and became a pescatarian. "But I’m going fully plant-based. It’s making me feel better, so there is some truth it," she says, adding that her blood work has improved and she has more energy. "But I do miss a good burger!"

Braxton also exercises regularly, as long as she is feeling up to it. "I love Orangetheory Fitness, but I have to be careful. If I am fatigued, I take it easy."

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4. She uses CBD to alleviate pain.

"I get achey sometimes, and Uncle Buds Maximum Strength CBD really helps me find relief. I can just go to GNC and pick it up," she says, adding that she loves its smell of coconut and agave. "I never knew about CBD. I was never an herbal user, but I've since educated myself about the healing properties of CBD. And it’s absolutely wonderful."

Between CBD, healthier lifestyle choices, and her ability to slow down when needed, Braxton has learned to manage her lupus. "I’m lucky today. I’m in a better state today than I was when I was first diagnosed," she says. "I know what to do when my body feels weird. I listen to my body now. I always try to find the silver lining in everything. Today is a good day!"

And the star is pumped about releasing new music. "It’s coming out very soon!" she says.

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Toni Braxton on Her Battle With Lupus and How CBD Has Helped Her Cope

  • Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton spoke to Business Insider last week about her longtime battle with lupus and how the autoimmune disease has affected her personal life and career.
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When Toni Braxton was first diagnosed with systemic lupus in 2008, doctors told her that she would need a heart transplant and might not be able to ever perform again.

"I remember being petrified," Braxton said in a phone interview with Business Insider. "I was scared. I didn't know anything about lupus."

While a few days later doctors told Braxton she luckily wouldn't need a heart transplant, her uphill battle with the autoimmune disease was only just beginning.

According to the Lupus Research Alliance, a private funder for lupus research based in New York City, lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys, and blood vessels, and can eventually lead to tissue or organ damage and other diseases, like heart disease and kidney disease.

Lupus also disproportionately affects women, and especially women of color. About every nine out of 10 adults with lupus are women, with African American women being three times more likely than white women to be diagnosed with lupus.  

Since her diagnosis in 2008, Braxton has developed microvascular angina and blood clots. 

But that hasn't stopped the 52-year-old Grammy-nominated singer, who recently finished her As Long As I Live tour in 2019 while battling lupus. 

"Of the lupuses, I have the worst — but of the worst, I have the best," Braxton said. "I'm always trying to be positive about it."

Braxton said she was able to reach a point where she could perform again by educating herself about the disease and using CBD to cope with her symptoms and flare-ups. She also opened up about how living with lupus has affected her career and personal life. 

Garrett Greller, the 23-year-old co-founder of Uncle Bud's CBD products, also joined in on the call from Los Angeles to discuss how his own struggles with arthritis pushed him to create the CBD topical brand.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Isabella Paoletto: To start, I wanted to talk to Toni Braxton about what it was like to be diagnosed with lupus in 2008, and how it's affected her both physically and mentally?

Toni Braxton: When I was first diagnosed with lupus, I remember being petrified. I was scared. I didn't know anything about lupus. 

I remember my doctors telling me I needed a heart transplant. I remember that day. I remember having to tell my kids that. But then shortly later, they came and told me a couple days later, that I didn't need a heart transplant, but I did have lupus, and it loved my heart. 

As a result I have microvascular angina, I have thick blood, which means that my blood clots. It was a lot of different things. Of the lupuses, I have the worst — but of the worst, I have the best. I'm always trying to be positive about it. 

I just started educating myself. They initially said I would never be able to perform, but here I am today performing. 

Braxton performing at the 2019 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Paoletto: I know that lupus can be somewhat difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be similar to other autoimmune diseases, so how long did it actually take doctors to figure out what was going on with you?

Braxton: I think it took them about five years to completely diagnose me. They didn't know what was going on. I had cases of pericarditis, which is inflammation of the sac of the heart. 

It's very tricky, like you mentioned, to diagnose because out of five things, at least three things have to line up at the same time. It's like an eclipse of some sort. 

It took them about five years, and once they diagnosed me I remember feeling relieved and frightened at the same time, but also very fortunate. Like I said, I'm always trying to find the silver lining. I'm very fortunate that I was able to learn about it and help myself and live through this crisis. I think in life sometimes you get things, but it's okay.

I refuse to be a victim about it, but sometimes I do have good and bad days. And for me I think what GG (Garrett) has invented with Uncle Bud's has been really great for me and my family.

Paoletto: I know you suffered from arthritis, so I was just wondering how that affected you and eventually inspired you to create Uncle Bud's?  

Garrett Greller: I was diagnosed with arthritis at the young age of 14, in my knees, back, hips, and ankles. I tried all of the prescription medications, other alternatives, things to try and alleviate that pain, but nothing worked for me.

I came across a Sanjay Gupta documentary that talked all about CBD. I educated myself a little but about it, I was only a junior in high school at that time, and I gave to my parents a four page essay on Sanjay Gupta, on this documentary, to educate them a little bit about CBD and maybe they would let me try it.

I tried CBD for the first time and it was the only thing that worked for me. It took my pain away right away. I was able to be active again, and that's when I knew I needed to start a brand that everyone could access, that's affordable, and a brand that's trusted. 

Braxton: And it smells super yummy. I have to add that. You know sometimes when you use topical things and you go, "What is that?," but you don't say that with this, you go, "Ooo what is that?" Not a Justin Bieber yummy, but it's yummy. [laughs]

Paoletto: So how old were you when you launched the company?

Greller: I formulated the first product when I was a sophomore in college, and then I teamed up with this amazing team of people who have over 25 years of retail experience in launching products and building a brand, and they helped me bring Uncle Bud's to life, to where it is, over this past 15 months. 

We're now in over 13,000 retail locations internationally, from your GNCs to your Vitamin Shoppe to your Kohl's to your Urban Outfitters. Our goal from the beginning was to teach people about hemp and CBD and to really have an affordable brand that anyone could have access to at these retailers or online. 

Paoletto: What has it been like to watch your vision and brand grow and be sold in places like Urban Outfitters? 

Greller: It's really a dream come true. I've always been an entrepreneur. I started selling duct tape wallets when I was a 12-year-old.  

Braxton: Really?! [laughs]

Greller: I've done all types of things, and this was truly amazing because I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but never did I think that it would come out of a solution for a problem that I had. That's when I realized that I had this opportunity to help other people with a product and a brand, and it's just amazing.  

It's a dream come true to see it in these retailers, and to see it on four billboards in Times Square, and to be working with such legends like Toni Braxton. I never could have imagined it.

Paoletto: That's amazing. So, Toni, what treatments had you tried before CBD, and why did you decide to try CBD?

Braxton: For me, it wasn't a lot of things I was turning to because everything was all prescription medications. I was often over medicated, I found. I said, "I'm taking all these medications, I need something else," and for me Uncle Bud's was a great alternative because it's natural and it works.

And it doesn't get you high — that was important to me as a mom. 

Paoletto: What was the difference in how you felt once you started using CBD? Did you notice a difference right away?

Braxton: Well, Uncle Bud's is not a medication, it's more of a topical salve, I like to call it. But the prescription medications I was on, I remember sometimes feeling sluggish. There's all these side effects to a lot of different things. And I'm not telling people, "Oh, don't take your medications," that's not what I'm suggesting.

I think you should talk to your doctor, but I think it's an alternative. If you're achy, if you have chronic pain, try it.

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Paoletto: I actually have family members with lupus, so I know that it can be difficult to watch your loved ones deal with the disease. I was just wondering how it affected your personal life. I know you have two sons, what was it like for them?

Braxton: You know, sometimes I'll be in a flare and I'll have to go to the hospital and I didn't tell my kids initially, you know I would tell them, "Oh, I'm going to hang out at auntie Jada's," or something like that. I didn't tell them I was going to be in the hospital for a couple of days.

Braxton and her two sons attending the American Music Awards in 2019. Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

It doesn't really have a "look" when you have lupus. Sometimes my mom says she can see it in my eyes, but I'm often trying to pretend that I'm doing great or having a great day because I don't want my family and friends to worry about me, but inside sometimes it's not the best day.

I like to call it "stupid lupus" because I just want to smack it sometimes. It picks on me, I feel like it's a bully, but I manage through it with family and friends. It helps me a lot. 

I always try to stay positive, but I can't lie and say everyday I'm positive, but I always try and make it my goal to be positive. 

Paoletto: How did your sons react when you did eventually tell them that you have lupus?

Braxton: They were young when I told them. I told them "Mommy has lupus." I told them what it was. I tried to break it down for kids, which was challenging for me to do because I hadn't fully educated myself on the disease. But I told them, "Sometimes mommy has to go to the doctor, sometimes mommy gets tired."

I remember my kid asked me, "Mommy, are you going to die?," and oh that broke me apart. I was like, "Not today, mommy has like, oh another 50 plus years to go son." 

You know, I wanted to be positive for my kids. I didn't want them to be afraid because inside I was afraid, and you never want your kids to see that. They worry about me alot and I don't want them to worry about me. I'll often tell them "Oh mom's great" or "I'm good." 

Braxton and her son Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis at the 3rd annual MBJAM in 2019. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Paoletto: I know that genetics can also play a part in getting lupus. Does anyone else in your family have lupus or an autoimmune disease?

Braxton: I think autoimmune diseases run in our family. My brother has an autoimmune disease. My mom's brother had it, so it definitely runs in our family.

I'm living through it, and I have lupus, but it doesn't have me. It's just one day at a time. I'm very lucky that I get to perform and do what I love doing. I can't do five or six shows a week, but I can do three or four shows, probably more like three, but I can do shows and that's a good thing.

The Braxton family attending the 8th Annual Bag Ladies Luncheon in 2010. Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

I can go in the studio, I can perform. I'm one of the lucky ones. I'm very, very fortunate, but like I said I have family and friends who support me, and I'm just very fortunate. 

Paoletto: What was it like to transition from being this Grammy-winning artist constantly going on tour to then having lupus and dealing with these flare-ups that make it difficult to perform? How did it affect your career?

Braxton:  There have been moments that have definitely affected my career. I remember one time being on stage and having to have a heart monitor because my lupus loves my heart. 

I had to have my heart monitor on stage performing, and the pink elephant was in the room and I just had to tell the audience "Okay guys, I have this stupid lupus. I have to have this heart monitor, you know, guys help me un-break my heart." 

Braxton performing at the Eventim Apollo in London, England in 2019. C Brandon/Getty Images

I made it fun. I took the elephant away. We talked about it a little bit through music, and for me, music is always a big healing property as well. 

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Children in the sect

Toni Braxton was born October 7, 1967 in Severn, Maryland, to Michael Conrad and Evelyn Jackson. Both parents were very religious: her mother, a former opera singer, was a pastor in the local Methodist church, her father helped her in his free time from work in the power grid. The children - and after Tony they had five more - sang in the church choir from an early age.

In addition, in 1973 the family joined the Apostolic Pentecostal sect, where children were not allowed to make noise, and all girls and women were required to hide their bodies from prying eyes. This sect was not the only one in Tony's childhood, but over the years, his parents changed their minds and returned to their usual way of life.

How it all began

In the late 80s, Tony and her four younger sisters - Tracey, Towanda, Trina and Tamar - formed The Braxtons. At that time it was a good way to promote the most talented of children (example - Michael and Janet Jackson). At 19In 89, after several concerts in the surrounding cities, they signed a contract with Arista Records. Pretty soon it became clear that Toni Braxton is better to perform solo.

The first R&B album was released in 1993 and was called by her name (another tradition of that time) - Toni Braxton. The songs soared to the top of the charts, Toni received many awards, including three Grammy awards.

The second Secrets album appeared in 1996, and the single Un-Break My Heart ("Don't break my heart") conquered the charts in different countries of the world. Toni received two more Grammys, she began to be recognized on the streets and was recognized as the most successful black singer 90-s.

Broadway in black

Toni Braxton's career was developing, she was preparing to record her third album . .. and then it turned out that the famous singer was bankrupt! It was not directly her fault, it was just that the contract was drawn up very cunningly. The trial led to a monstrous failure of Tony's reputation: she was even forced to return the Grammy and other awards.

She put all her property up for sale, but soon the conflict was settled.

Obviously, during this period, her talent needed a new application - and Tony was invited to Broadway.

From August 1998 to February 1999, she played the title role in the musical Beauty and the Beast for six months. This was the first (and so far the last) time that a black singer played a Disney princess on Broadway.

By the way, in 2003 she returned to this stage once again to play in Aida.

Marriage and autism

In 1998, Toni Braxton met musician Keri Lewis and they began an affair. Some time later, she had an abortion, which she later regretted. In 2001, the musicians got married, and on December 2, Toni gave birth to a son named Denim Kai.

Her third album after the bankruptcy scandal did not sell very well, and the company was in a hurry to release a fourth. In the summer of 2002, Tony became pregnant again, this time everything went hard, she was forced to lie down for several months. But the studio hurried her and did not postpone the release of the More Than a Woman album. It came out in November and was also not successful.

March 31, 2003 Toni Braxton gave birth to her second son, who was named Diesel Kai.

Three years later he was diagnosed with autism. The singer was very sorry that this had not happened before, but the boy was lucky: his development was compensated, and now he is studying at a regular school. Toni Braxton herself has since supported international autism organizations.

Football, Las Vegas, sickness

In June 2006, Toni Braxton, along with Il Divo, performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup with the song The Time of Our Lives.

In 2006, Tony was offered his own show at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This is a very commercially successful event that would help her restore her financial situation. She agreed and performed from August 2006 until April 2008, when she was hospitalized for chest pain.

It turned out that she had capillaropathy, a disease associated with fragility of small blood vessels. Rumors about breast cancer, and even more so about its removal, were not confirmed.

In 2010, Toni Braxton was admitted to the hospital again. This time it turned out that she had lupus, a serious autoimmune disease. There were several more cases in her family: the disease is inherited. If you take care of your health, it does not threaten life and you cannot get infected with it.

Family show and divorce

In 2011, Toni Braxton and her family - her mother and four sisters - accepted an offer to film the Braxton Family Values ​​reality show about their family life. Two seasons were filmed, which were successfully aired on one of the cable channels.

In 2013, Toni Braxton divorced her husband due to differences in parenting. Three years later, she began a romantic relationship with rapper Birdman, her longtime friend. In 2018, they were engaged, at the beginning of 2019 the engagement was canceled, but they announced that they were continuing to meet.

Tony continues to record songs, although relations with music labels are still strained. To date, she has 7 studio albums, she is hard at work on the eighth. Whether the new singles will be able to replace the old ones is still unknown.

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Toni Braxton - biography, photos, personal life, news, songs

About herself Toni Braxton says that she is just a tadpole who dreams of becoming a frog. Millions of fans will not agree with such a statement. The hit "Un-Break My Heart" alone unconditionally raised the singer to the rank of a world-class star, brought first places in the charts and a Grammy. Billboard called the song the most successful single in the history of its top 100.

Childhood and adolescence

Toni Michelle was born in Severn, Maryland in October 1967. In addition to her, five more children were brought up in the family. Father Michael Conrad was a priest, and the atmosphere in the house was not conducive to secular entertainment. Evelyn's mother, a singer, instilled in Tony and sisters Towanda, Trina, Tracey and Taymar a love of music. Teimar is still the lead singer of the family band The Braxtons.

Toni Braxton in The Braxtons

The first success for the girls came in the last grades of school, when a fanatical father allowed some indulgence, and the group began to participate in competitions. The victories followed one after another. One day at a gas station, the sisters met Bill Pattaway, the one who wrote the hit "Girl You Know It`s True" for the pop duo Milli Vanilli. With his help, the group signed a contract with Arista Records and released their first single.

Toni Braxton and Babyface

Songwriters and producers Kenneth Brian Edmonds, nicknamed Babyface and Antonio Reed, who wrote for Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Usher, played a decisive role in the development of Tony as a singer. The musicians liked the girl's voice, velvety, almost masculine, with a low register, and Braxton was offered to start a solo career. With Babyface, Tony programmed success with the songs "Give U My Heart" and "Love Shoulda Brought U Home".


The singer's first album, named after her, sold 11 million copies. Five songs immediately became hits and were released as separate singles. Among them are "Seven Whole Days", "Another Sad Love Song", "How Many Ways". Tony's grandiose debut was marked by three Grammy awards.

Toni Braxton's song "Un-Break My Heart"

In 1996 it was the turn of Braxton's calling card - the song "Un-Break My Heart", with which the performer is still primarily associated. The hit became part of the Secrets album. The title track "You're Makin' Me High" turned out to be scandalous due to the overt sexuality of the lyrics. The rest of the songs also stayed on the top lines of the charts for a long time.

In 1998, Toni wanted to terminate her contract with the label LaFace, but legal proceedings led the singer to bankruptcy. The producers took pity and renegotiated the agreement on more lenient terms. Braxton released her third album, Heat, and also performed on Broadway, becoming the first representative of her nationality among the participants in the Disney musical.

Toni Braxton's song "Long As I Live"

Rodney Jerkins, who was involved in the success of the Spice Girls and Britney Spears, helped make the record. The video for the song "He Wasn't Man Enough" was nominated for the MTV Video Music Awards and the Billboard Music Video Awards. And the ballad "Hawaiian Guitar" won the Soul Train, American and British Music Awards.

In 2000, Toni was a guest on Superbowl XXXIV Half Time Shows along with Phil Collins, Enrique Iglesias and Christina Aguilera. A few years later, another conflict with the producers followed, the commercial failure of the album "More Than a Woman".

Braxton recorded Libra on a new label. In between albums, the singer starred in the TV movie Kevin Hill.

The seventh studio album "Pulse" Braxton presented only in 2010. Later, rapper Trey Songz, best known for the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the soundtrack to Fast and Furious 7, released a sensual video in which he duetted with Tony to the song "Yesterday".

Personal life

Tony, like any woman, dreamed of a husband and children, of a strong and friendly family. In 2001, the singer married Keri Lewis, a member of the Mint Condition group, with whom she lived for 12 years and gave her lover two sons, Denim-Kai and Diesel-Kai Braxton-Lewis. However, the sad revelations of the artist soon followed, which the woman shared with the public at the concert. It turned out that Tony's youngest son has autism. The child could have been fully adapted if the disease had been detected in a timely manner, but, according to the mother, the doctors were too late.

Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis

Later, apparently to be completely honest, the celebrity said that she had an abortion on the rise of her career, and the events that followed were retribution for unrighteous deeds. In 2007, Tony underwent surgery to remove a tumor. A year later, the singer announced another diagnosis - increased capillary fragility.

There was a question about heart transplantation, but it was managed with medical support, however, for life. In 2010, Braxton announced that she had lupus erythematosus. A celebrity often ends up in the hospital due to exacerbations, sometimes concerts have to be canceled, and a personal doctor is present behind the scenes on tour.

Toni Braxton with children

However, health problems did not force Toni to give up the joys of life. In 2016, the soul star began to be noticed in the company of rapper Birdman, in the world of Brian Williams. The singer met him back in 2003, while working together on the song Baby You Can Do It. In early 2018, on the air of the author's television show Braxton Family Values, Toni announced that she and Brian had decided to get married.

A singer by the zodiac sign Libra, and therefore her nature is contradictory, but at the same time striving for harmony and balance. Toni learned from the tragic moments in her life. Now in the first place is not popularity, but charity. Braxton, despite having filed for personal bankruptcy twice, contributes heavily to Autism Speaks and the American Heart Association.

Toni Braxton before and after plastic surgery

On Instagram, Toni states that she is a mother first, and in an interview she admits that she would never want to be faced with a choice between stage and motherhood.

Tony is not seen in scandals unless it is about the cleanliness of the hotel room. Then the star may demand to be moved to another hotel, a higher rank. To the delight of haters, Braxton was suspected of having plastic surgery to improve the shape of her nose and breasts, and that she was a man in the past. This is due to the unique timbre of the voice, which is easily misleading, especially if you do not see the singer.

Toni Braxton now

The total circulation of Toni Braxton's CDs exceeds 60 million, and the press no-no, and will call the singer a great loser. The biography of the seven-time Grammy winner is like a rollercoaster, but Braxton admits that she would not change anything today or in the past. Ups and downs, personal and professional, have shaped the kind of Tony that fans love and appreciate.

Toni Braxton in Faith Under Fire

In 2017, Braxton had another opportunity to be an actress. The singer played the school accountant Antoinette Tuf in the drama Faith Under Fire. The film is based on the events that took place in August 2013 in Georgia.

Then a white man armed with a machine gun took hostage the students of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, in which the majority were black children, and opened fire on the police. Tuf showed remarkable self-control and persuaded the raider to surrender.

Toni Braxton in 2018

In the spring of 2018, after an eight-year silence, Braxton presented a new solo album called Sex and Cigarettes. The title track Deadwood caused a flurry of enthusiastic responses and reminded the former Tony, the star of 90's.

The celebrity released the song "Foh" in collaboration with Babyface. Previously, with one of the most successful R&B producers, Braxton recorded the studio album Love, Marriage & Devorce.

Toni Braxton's song "Foh"

On the cover of the album, the singer is depicted in a skimpy outfit.

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